Johns Creek, Ga.--The No. 38-ranked Georgia State women's tennis team dropped a narrow 4-3 decision to No. 67-ranked Tulane at the Atlanta Athletic Club on Sunday.
The Panthers (5-6) received wins on Senior Day from seniors Whitney Byrd and Maryna Kozachenko and junior Abigail Tere-Apisah in singles. Playing in their last home match, Byrd finished first with a 6-2, 6-2 win at the No. 3 singles spot while Kozachenko won 6-3, 6-4 at the No. 5 position.
Both seniors, plus graduate student Jocelyn Ffriend were honored prior to the match during a senior day ceremony. Byrd's singles win was an important one as it tied the match at 1-all. Kozachenko knotted the match once again at 3-all with her win at the No. 5 spot against Tulane's Jacqui Katz. It was her third-consecutive singles victory and the 25th singles win of her career.
Georgia State fell behind early after dropping the doubles point. However, Tere-Apisah and sophomore Masa Grgan, ranked No. 51 in the ITA National Doubles rankings, improved to 7-3 overall with an 8-2 win at the No. 1 position. The two defeated Tulane's Vyskocilova and Birol at the top spot.
Byrd tied the match by earning the first singles victory on the day. She won an efficient 6-2, 6-2 match at the No. 2 singles position against Tulane's Emma Levy. Levy is ranked No. 18 in the Southern Regional Singles rankings to give Byrd her second victory against a regionally-ranked opponent this season.
Tere-Apisah won a 6-3, 7-5, match against No. 102-ranked Klara Vyskocilova during singles play. It was Tere-Apisah's sixth straight singles win and her eighth win this season against a nationally-ranked singles opponent. She is now 9-2 in dual-match play this season and is ranked No. 22 in the ITA National Singles rankings.
Georgia State jumped into the Top 40 for the second time in program history this week at No. 38 prior to hosting Tulane (6-5). Sunday was the first time Tulane has notched a victory against Georgia State in three matches dating back to 2009. The Panthers wore pink jerseys for Sunday's match to raise awareness for breast cancer prevention.
The Panthers are back in action next week at Winthrop on Saturday (2 p.m.). Visit the women's tennis page on GeorgiaStateSports.com for a preview of the match later this week.